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First Tier

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L to R R to L Alpha
Anti-Sport, The T 
Body Count S 
Catch and Release S 
Iron Maiden S 
Marquis de Sade S 
Mists of Avalon S 
Sex Slave T,S 
Slayer S 
Spare Rib T 
Sport Climber's Demise, The T 
Sword In The Stone S 
Tunnel of Love T 

First Tier 


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Description 

The First Tier of Avalon lies a short distance above the creek. It is home to some good sport routes, including Sword In The Stone (10), Mists of Avalon (10a), Iron Maiden (9+), Slayer (10b), Body Count (11a), and Marquis de Sade (10d).

The First Tier is split into a lower (R) and upper (L) level.

Routes on the lower level, from R->L (as you approach from the trail):

J. Catch and Release, 12, 1p, 90', 8 bolts. Arete on the R.
I. Mists of Avalon, 10-, 1p, 90', 8 bolts. Face to roof and slab.
H. Spare Rib, 10, 1p, gear. Face to roof & crack.
G. Sword In The Stone, 9, 1p, 70', 7 bolts. Face to an arete.

Walk up a path to the left about 100' to get to the upper level of the First Tier.

Routes on the upper level, from L->R:

A. Sex Slave, 10, 1p, 55', gear & 4 bolts. Thin crack & face.
B. Iron Maiden, 9+, 1p, 70', 8 bolts. R-facing corner & roofs.
C. Slayer, 10, 1p, 70', 7 bolts. Blocky bulge to roof.
D. Body Count, 11-, 1p, 60', 6 bolts. Steep face to roof.
E. Marquis de Sade, 10, 1p, 60', 7 bolts. Steep face to thin crack & roof.
F1. Tunnel of Love, 9+, 1p, 100', gear. R-angling hand crack to chockstone tunnel.
F2. The Anti-Sport, 10+, 1p, 100', gear.
G. The Sport Climber's Demise, 10+, 1p, 70', gear.

Continuing up the path left of Sex Slave will take you up to the Second Tier, at the left side of Tarot Wall.

See the Beta Photo for details.


Getting There 

If you crossed the creek at the Tyrolean, go a short way up the talus field, and angle left to the base of the wall.

If you waded across the creek downstream from the Tyrolean, take a path up and right through the woods to the base of the wall near The Mists of Avalon.


Climbing Season


12 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for First Tier:
Iron Maiden   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Sword In The Stone   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mists of Avalon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Spare Rib   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Slayer   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Marquis de Sade   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Anti-Sport   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
The Sport Climber's Demise   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Body Count   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For First Tier
Marquis de Sade.  The crux is the slanting finger crack above the fourth bolt.

Marquis de Sade 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : First Tier
Marquis de Sade is the fifth route from the left on the First Tier, right of Body Count. It is on the right side of the obvious near vertical face. Follow the bolts up the face, and climb a short finger crack (crux) to the obvious roof above. Climb up to the right of the roof and then pull up and left to surmount the roof. Try not to chimney off the block to the right. The crux comes before the roof at a tricky finger lock with difficult feet. May be more difficult for those with a short rea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The First Tier and Tarot Wall areas of Avalon.
BETA PHOTO: The First Tier and Tarot Wall areas of Avalon.
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